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Revell 1913 Mercedes Highway Pioneers - Series 4, 1/32, H54-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$39   

1954 original issue of the famous Highway Pioneers 'Foreign Car' series. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in gloss dark green plastic. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions present. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell 1910 Ford Model T Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. This early issue has the Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the long sides and no price extension on the part number. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in black plastic. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with with all pieces present and includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell 1900 Packard Highway Pioneers - Official Construction Kit Of The Cub Scouts And Boy Scouts Of America Issue, 1/32, H33-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$49   

1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box with the rare Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts emblems. The same text and logos are duplicated on the right short side and on the left side it says "National Supply Service - Boy Scouts of America" This early issue has the Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo on the long sides. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in bright red plastic and the tires & wheels are molded in black. This kit has never been started. Inventoried complete with with all pieces present. NOTE: the instructions are photocopies. The original instructions are missing. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Revell 1900 Packard Highway Pioneers, 1/32, H33

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

1952 first issue in the 'Series One' yellow box. This kit was sold new at one of the famous "Neisner's 5 cent and $1 Stores" in 1952 for 69 cents (from the price tag on the bottom of the box). This kit actually has no part number on it; I have given it the H33 as the Packard is usually know by that. This early issue has the "Parents' Magazine Seal" on the long sides which is very rare; it was removed very quickly and is possibly the only Revell kit to wear this badge. The Gowland & Gowland 'balloon' logo is not present on this box. These issues feature the same 5 car artwork on every box; the only way to identify the contents was an ink-stamped name on the box ends. Molded in bright red plastic and the tires & wheels are molded in black. This kit has never been started. The small parts are still factory sealed in the wax paper bag; the parts that were never sealed have been inventoried complete. Includes instructions. These kits have a fascinating history. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream and never made the top 10 list of boys activities. Spurred on by the nation-wide aviation craze in the 1920s, many became modelers and built flying or static wooden models of airplanes, ships, trains, automotive and other subjects. Basic kits existed, but many of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. That changed in the early 1950s when the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers became the sales sensation of the year. Demand was so great that the factories could not keep up and almost overnight 'model building' was mainstream. The phenomenon of the 'Highway Pioneers' kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, provided that the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles fit the bill: they could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real cars. The success of the Highway Pioneers lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the late 1950s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and many adult males too!

Hudson Miniatures 1914 Regal Lil Old Timers - Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+

$39   

Rare. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful marketing had never been done before. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the existing hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels and lamps) to the series but the rest of the kit remained wood. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line of all-plastic cars called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. The 1914 Regal Coupe is perhaps the rarest of all cars ever built in America. It was underslung, which was rare for the time, and the body was all wood and similar to old horse-drawn carriages of colonial times. The design was sometimes called a Colonial Coupe. The large car seated only two people and could hit 40 mph with it's 25 hp engine.

Premier 1903 Ford Model A - Old Time Autos Issue, 1/32, 101

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$32   

This model dates from the early or mid 1950s. Due to the instant and wide-spread popularity of the Revell Highway Pioneers, many companies jumped on the car model bandwagon and Premier was one of them. Molded in pale yellow with black wheels. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. I have seen this kit molded in many colors - ivory, deep red, black and yellow with perhaps more colors to be discovered. The box top array of kits offered appears to be suspiciously like the Gowland & Gowland/Revell Highway Pioneers line. Although the parts are factory sealed with clearly-labeled Premier instructions, it is possible that Premier was receiving kit parts from Revell or Gowland and then putting them in their own boxes with their own instructions. Such practices were common later such as MPC and Airfix, all UPC models and more.

Premier 1910 Ford Model T Type, 1/32, 600-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$32   

1950s issue with excellent box art. The kit inside is a near-copy of the Highway Pioneers Model T. Premier intended to capitalize on the Gowland/Revell 1/32 classic car popularity; how well they did is unknown. The box art is definitely better than it's rival, but the kit is more basic. Molded in black with a metal wire frame windshield. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including instructions. Judging from the list of available kits on the long side panels of the box, Premier either copied Gowland & Gowland/Revell's kits or received many of the kit parts from them.

Trumpeter HMS Repulse 1941 - Renown Class Battlecruiser, 1/350, 05312

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$115   

Highly detailed, large-scale kit with over 660 pieces and three large frets of photoetched details. Can be built in full hull or waterline versions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Monogram B-52 Stratrofortress - (B-52D ex Monogram), 1/72, 85-5709

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$110   

1998 Revell/Monogram issue of this classic kit. Very large and nicely detailed featuring 210 pieces, crew of three, detailed cockpit, elevating and traversing rear turret, opening and closing bomb bay doors, operating wing flaps, operating spoilers, optional position entry hatch and landing gear, and optional parts to display one nacelle open to show the jet engine. Decal are included for the box art aircraft. Never started. The small parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The larger parts were never factory sealed and have been inventoried complete. With decals and instructions.

Revell Highway Pioneers Six Kit Gift Pack - Foreign Car Seires / 1953 MG TD / 1907 Renault Limo / 1911 Rolls Royce / 1913 Mercedes Torpedo / 1953 Jaguar XK-120 / 1915 Fiat Tourer, 1/32, P495

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$179   

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Very rare set from about 1953 which includes all six models, a glass bottle of Pactra Cement, a brand-new Pactra set of legendary 'Namel paints in 8 colors: red, yellow, blue, white, black, gold, chrome silver and thinner and a brush. Never started; all six kits are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bags and include the correct instructions. Molded in dark green, bright red, very light green, yellow and light blue plastic. Inside, the kit is correct with all cardboard dividers. Before the 1950s 'model building' never made the top 10 list of boy's activities. Hobbies were nothing new to America in the 1930s/40s, but they were not mainstream. Starting the 1910 and '20s, many dedicated modelers began building flying or static airplanes, ship, train, automotive or other subjects. Basic kits existed, but the majority of these models were built from scratch, which demanded a high talent level developed from years of experience. The availability of wooden model kits expanded rapidly after Lindberg's flight due to the nation-wide 'Aviation Craze.' However, it was widely reported by hobby publications that because of the high degree of skill required in building wooden aircraft that less than 80% of the kits purchased were successfully completed (and far fewer flown). That changed in the early 1950s with the introduction of plastics and injection molding machinery. The phenomenon of the all-plastic Gowland & Gowland 'Highway Pioneers' car kits was a significant force in proving that model building as a hobby could have mass appeal, since the kits were easy enough to build and finish. These 1/32 scale vehicles could be built in an hour after dinner and looked much like the real car - and had zero carving or painting required. The Highway Pioneers series lead to the production of other subjects in plastic and the effect was revolutionary. By the early 1960s, model building was the #1 past time of American boys...and adult males as well! The instructions in this issue highly illustrated and show several gift set boxes: the giant 'Collectors Kit' with 10 cars, glue and paint, H42 Series II with 5 cars, H37 Series I yellow box with 5 cars and H-49 Series III with 5 cars. Strangely there is no mention of this set.

Monogram Boeing B-52D Stratofortress, 1/72, 8292-1000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$129   

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1973 issue. The visual effect of the SAC 'Anti-Nuclear Flash White' is well demonstrated on the box top. This large box issue has the internal cardboard presentation material which is in excellent condition. This well detailed model features 207 pieces, crew of three, detailed cockpit, elevating and traversing rear turret, opening and closing bomb bay doors, operating wing flaps, operating spoilers, optional position entry hatch and landing gear, and optional parts to display one nacelle open to show the jet engine and more. Includes decals for SAC or camo versions. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Academy M50A1 Ontos - US Marines, 1/35, 13218

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$38   

Still factory sealed. An excellent model that is highly detailed and includes PE parts.

Revell DH-6 Twin Otter - Floats / Skis / Landing Gear - RCAF Canada or Civil Version With Floats, 1/72, 04901

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$44   

Still factory 'round tape' sealed. Features 95 pieces, good cockpit detail, optional baggage and non-baggage noses, regular landing gear, skis or floats.

Arii Cessna Skymaster T337 - (ex Eidai), 1/72, A704-500

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$29   

Still factory sealed. From quality Eidai molds. Very crisply molded featuring very fine recessed panel lines, complete cockpit and passenger interior and full color decals.

Academy F-22A Raptor, 1/48, 12212

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

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Superbly molded with all recessed panel detail, excellent intake and exhaust, detailed gear wells, cockpit and weapons bay, separately molded wing flaps, AIM-9, AIM-120C and GBU-32 load out, optional position weapons bay doors, external fuel tanks, pilot figure, optional position canopy and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Academy B-25G Shark Mouth Mitchell - (ex Accurate Miniatures), 1/48, 12290

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$38   

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Highly detailed kit with all fine recessed panel lines, complete interior & bomb bay and much more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Revell USS Essex - Straight Deck WWII Version - Advent Issue, 1/720, 2501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$28   

1979 Revell Advent reissue of this original 1969 'International Series' model. Can be built as waterline or full hull version. Nicely molded and detailed with all AA guns and an airwing of Hellcat and Helldiver aircraft. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all plastic pieces and includes instructions. NOTE: missing the decal sheet (which only has wing starts for the aircraft).

Revell A-10 Thunderbolt II - (ex Monogram), 1/48, 85-5505

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$32   

Excellent model from the original Monogram molds. Features highly detailed cockpit, pilot, detailed gear wells, opened or closed 'decelerons' on the outer wings, optional position canopy and crew boarding stair and a very large and complete under-wing loadout of bombs and missiles. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Italeri SR-71 Blackbird With Drong - SR-71A Or SR-71B Blackbird With D-21 Drone, 1/72, 145

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$24   

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Includes parts, paint guide and decals to build one of three versions - standard SR-71, SR-71 Trainer or Drone carrier. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Horizon Mercury Spacecraft - TWO Kits, 1/72, 2003

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$32   

From all new molds. Includes parts and decals to build two complete Mercury spacecraft. You can choose from three different flight modes - launch, orbit or re-entry. Features detailed capsules with shingles and bolts finely molded, optional parts to build boilerplate, porthole or window versions of the capsule, recessed surface detail, photoetched details, display stands and more. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions (instructions are on the back of the box).